For over two decades, the County’s Police Department has been hosting a Police Academy for residents to learn about police operations and get involved in community leadership. Recently, a bilingual academy was established to reach out to Hispanic county residents. We went to the Public Safety Public Training to check out one of the classes...and found out that Police Chief Tom Manger was teaching...and even speaking some spanish. A big welcome from the police chief…. Breaking the ice in Spanish… 50 Hispanic county residents have registered for the police academy which focuses on building trust and confidence between police and residents. The Police Academy for Hispanic Community was created as an additional outreach program to the fast growing Hispanic community in the county….which is almost 20%.
During the 15-week program, participants are exposed to a full curriculum that begins with the basics of knowing police districts…and the 4 assistant chiefs. And, that culminates with a graduation. The only requirements to participate are… to reside in Montgomery County and to be over 18 years of age. Sessions take place every Thursday evening until completion of the program. For more information, visit montgomerycountymd.gov/police
To watch the entire episode of "County Report This Week" Episode 355, please check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTwDXN-PiXE